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of america's biggest cities and it's about to come ashore. conditions are getting worse by the hour. at least 23 states are now under warnings or advisories because of the storm's winds. damage could hit $10 billion or even a lot more. some states could see their worst flooding in a century. and in the appalachian mountains, they're expecting blizzard conditions. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> hurricane sandy is a monster storm, even though its center is still out to sea. tropical storm and hurricane force winds extend, get this now, for 1,000 miles. right now, damaging winds are blowing from southern new england across long island, new jersey, delaware and virginia. we have the full resources of cnn deployed on the story including crews up and down the atlantic coast as well as in cities that aren't used to this kind of a disaster. here's what the storm looked like this afternoon when the international space station flew over. you can clearly see the eye of the storm. right now, the center is closing in on southern new jersey. let's begin our coverage with our meteorol
north of cape may, atlantic city. but i just don't want you to focus on those cities. does it make that turn left in time? it didn't going left right now, and sometimes they wait. sometimes computers aren't perfe perfect, and why aren't they perfect? the atlantic ocean is a fast space, we don't have weather balloons out there. we have drop sons out of noaa weather radio. here it is, category 1, about an 80-mile-per-hour storm, right now as it makes landfall tomorrow night. and if there's any change to the forecast at all, i would say that's a little bit faster. the numbers bring in landfall the eye, but don't focus on 8:00, because a lot of the storm will be onshore, half of it will be onshore, even before the eye gets there, wherever it gets. you have to understand that things are going to start to go bad from here. this is how good it's going to get for the next 36 hours. no matter where with we are in here, this sides of it is so dangerous because the wins are coming in here. on up here into period of time. all the way here into tom's river and all of this has wind this way, the
the new york city subways are safe. thanks for watching. i will pass it off to anderson cooper, who is in asbury park, new jersey. >> erin, thanks very much. we are live in asbury park. i'm here with rob marciano. what's an amazing situation here -- [ no audio ] >>- i was able to walk to the boardwalk which is about two blocks from where we are right now. it's now impossible to get over there. we are actually kind of seeking safety behind this suv. if you pan down, you can see the water has come, there's about six inches of water now about two blocks from the ocean. the water has just moved in here incredibly fast. it really has all happened in the last 30 minutes or so. >> it really has. we thought maybe a few hours ago that it was speeding up, maybe it wouldn't be as bad as we thought. certainly you have to believe that scenes like what we're seeing right now are happening up and down the jersey shoreline, being inundated with the storm surge, crashing over the boardwalk. is town is under water. >> obviously we lost power about an 15 nutes ago but there are still a couple street l
. as the city always does. let me summarize for our spanish speakers in our audience. [ speaking spanish ] >> the message is, one more time, don't call 911 unless it's a real life-threatening situation. >> i'm in as bury park. i'm here with rob marciano. up in manhattan, we're seeing severe flooding in a number of areas. we just heard from mayor michael bloomberg. most of the tunnels going into new york have been closed. conflicting information on the lincoln tunnels. i'm not sure if that's open yet or not. but all the bridges and most of the tunnels are certainly closed. at this point, we're seeing less winds here. it's died down a little bit. at least we were able to get the satellite dish up. i'm told we're surrounded by water right now. >> this is what a lot of people up and down the shore are seeing right now. the storm walls have been breached. once you get past the sand dunes, are then at or slightly below sea level. what's scary, as bad as this is here, it almost feels like a situation where mississippi just got hammered with the surge and the wind. but further away, in new orlea
." and good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, i am live in new york city. a part of the city that has been evacuated. new york city is under siege right now from sandy -- a little hard here, even to talk, as you can tell. let's get to chad myers in atlanta. i know it's been downgraded, but right here, it feels like it's stronger by the -- >> it's just a different name. it's not so much that it got downgraded. it is just no longer tropical in nature, which means it's colder than it is warmer. and you will feel that. you will feel that cold air wrap in. we've had reports of sleet all over the eastern united states today as that cold air has been wrapping in. the wind blowing down and the rain drops on the way down to the ground turning into small, little sleet pellets. the reason why you are getting more wind right now is because the wind field is coming around to you, blowing that water into the battery. this is going to be an issue for you, it's right where you are at battery park city will begin to flood. at least another couple of feet from where you are now bec
, covering the remains of super storm sandy. i'm in new york city, lower manhattan this morning. also lots to bring up to speed with across this city. there's a major fire that is burning. dozens of homes have been destroyed by this raging fire and there are two dozen more that are still burning. update you on what's happening there. also, in lower manhattan where i am today, flooded by historic storm surge, a power transformer not very far from here has exploded. it plunged this neighborhood into darkness, forced the evacuation as well, the partial evacuation of one of new york's largest hospitals. transportation here in the city has been paralyzed. the subway system could be shut down for days. from the carolinas to new england and beyond, cnn is covering the aftermath of the storm here in new york and where this super storm is headed, like no other network can. it is tuesday, october 30th and special coverage of super storm sandy begins right now. >>> morning. welcome, everybody. you're watching our special coverage. we want to welcome our international viewers. they've been calling thi
.8 million people without power. the water is rising from atlantic city to lower manhattan. in long island cars are floating down the streets. an extraordinary sight. you're looking live at new york's west 57th street, three blocks from our cnn studio, where a crane on top of a luxury skyscraper collapsed this afternoon, dangling precariously ever since. it could come crashing down at any moment. the streets have been closed off around it and nearby buildings have been evacuated. meanwhile, the facade of an apartment building in manhattan's chelsea neighborhood has collapsed tonight. new york city council speaker christine quinn will be calling in live from the scene in just a few moments. and cnn's best people all across the storm for us tonight. ali velshi is in atlantic city. erin burnett in battery park where the water is already higher than it may have ever been before. jason carroll is in lindenhurst, long island where the worst of the storm is hitting right now, plus chad myers is tracking the path of this dangerous storm from the cnn severe weather center. i want to go to erin burn
evacuations in the lower lying areas and then in downtown ocean city, there are mandatory evacuations already under way and we understand that some of the other states are helping, including that of louisiana, which are helping out the state of maryland and then in d.c., public schools have been closed. sandbags are being distributed. so an awful lot is taking place and as it pertains to the race of the the white house, governor romney had some expected rallies that are planned for virginia in ohio there may be a whole lot of snow to content with while folks on the east coast are dealing with wind and rain. let's get a better view of this big storm now kind of threatening a good portion of the east coast. our chad myers with me now, so chad, we're talking about these pre-emptive declarations of states of emergency. >> sure. >> and in large part, to really send a serious message to people that you don't need to be complacent, yes it's a category 1, but really anything can happen with this storm. >> it also gives the authorities, the police and the fire some specific extra ability to move peopl
by in battery park city in lower new york city. erin? >> out front next, a deadly night. 11 people now dead in five states, thanks to hurricane sandy and flooding continues an the east coast. incredible flooding, over a 1,000-mile area. here in manhattan where we already posted records on that front, a crane is dangling from a skyscraper in midtown and it could drop at any time. the latest as we continue to track storm sandy. track storm sandy. let's go out front. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett "outfront" tonight. i want to welcome our viewers from around the world who are watching this storm that we've been watching over 1,000 mile area here on the east coast of the united states. affecting about 20% of the united states population. flooding has been the big issue. where i'm standing right now, those of you who are watching the earlier, know the water was up above my knee. we set a record here in lower manhattan, in terms of a storm surge. the record is 13.88 feet, exceeding by almost three feet the record set back in 1960 with hurricane
strengthening as we go through time. about 380 miles south of new york city it's movement has picked up northerly about 15 miles an hour and we still expect that turn toward the west later on. this is huge. reading some technical stuff, the tropical storm force winds, diameter nearly 800 miles wide. that is huge. the second largest tropical system we've seen in the last few decades. hurricane force winds extend 150 miles out. the amount of damaging winds is about 350 to 400 miles wide. so, that's wind of over 55 miles an hour. that is a huge swath of real estate that will be impacted by damaging winds when this thing makes its way onshore. here's the latest forecast track from the national hurricane center. hopefully our graphics are updated here. it hasn't changed a whole lot. the only thing that's changed is it may come on as slightly stronger hurricane or post-tropical storm strength hurricane meaning right now we're getting into the colder air. that temperature contrast and jet stream because of that temperature contrast will add more fuel to the fire here in the next 12 to 18 howar
right now is right over the city of philadelphia. the 1,000-mile-wide storm is being felt even where we are. obviously the surge here has started to recede. but the big question will be in the biggest city in the world, when can it get back up and running again. that could be quite some time. let's send it off now to piers morgan tonight. >>> breaking news tonight, 11 people are dead, as super storm sandy pounds the coast from south carolina to maine. 2.8 million without power, the water rising from atlantic city, lower manhattan . a crane on a luxury skyscraper has been dangling over the top of a building. streets have been closed off. nearby buildings evacuated. erin burnett is here in new york with record-breaking levels. the water has now begun to recede, albeit temporarily. chad myers is tracking the dangerous storm from the cnn severe weather center. let's start at battery park in lower manhattan which recorded nearly 14-foot tide tonight. smashing a record from hurricane donna. er erin, it's been a long, difficult night for you. but good news, it seems the water has dramatically
. sandra endo is in ocean city in maryland. you've seen the deteriorating weather conditions there. george howell in kill devil hills, north carolina, on the outer banks. has for hours now. let's begin with rob marciano for the latest on what sandy is doing right now. when she is expected to make landfall, and how it will be all the way through. rob? >> good morning, again, soledad. the center of sandy is about 380 miles southeast of -- of new york city. the wind field expanding. we've got 800 miles of tropical storm force winds that will be battering this coastline. and just in the last hour, winds and rain have picked up here along the jersey shore. satellite pictures showed you just how immense this storm system is. second only to hurricane olga. but tied now with the 1938 historic hurricane, the long island express, as far as barometric pressure goes. historic event unfolding already. the trag of this expected to make a left turn toward the delmarva, peninsula. making landfall later on tonight. as massive as this is, the affects are going to be felt as far north as the canadian border
have these live pictures here, atlantic city, these are tape pictures, but you can see, look at the water here. some cars moving. atlantic city. we've been looking into atlantic counties, specifically, something like five feet of water on some of these roads and, folks, it will get worse. right now we know of at least 116,000 homes without power. those numbers will obviously change. but i just want to hit home this point, that everything about sandy is huge. you see the system. this is on your screen here. the wind field, this is something we'll talk to chad about, the wind field roughly 900 miles wide, 60 million people all the way from north carolina to maine could be affected by this hurricane. about 61,000 national guard troops have been deployed. the president making the point that a lot of the resources, as best as they can, have been prepositioned in anticipation of this storm. $87 billion worth of homes reportedly at risk. and in manhattan, the new york stock exchange closed today and we know it will be closed tomorrow. also shut down, amtrak, subways in new york, was
blow out. we're talking about an area dha services an awful lot of people in new york city. take a glimpse of the situation. community and utility companies are dealing with right now. power outages from d.c., maine, impacting an awful lot of folks. new york and new jersey account for nearly a half of the power outages that we're seeing. >> and this super storm slammed into the jersey shore as it made landfall a few hours ago. and sandy has been relentless and taking a deadly toll, unleashly extremely dangerous winds. as we speak, police say at least three people have died from fallen trees. two of those deaths about 30 miles west of new york city. new jersey governor chris christie repeatedly warned people about the potential dangers earlier. >> i'm very disappointed some didn't listen to my order and i'm concerned it might lead to loss of life. >> reports of homes flooded under several feet of water and several rescues are under way, including those stranded in their cars. in their cars, can you imagine, trying to escape. >> i'm scared to death. so many people are going to die
of dollars. also protests of dozens of other cities. labor unions are threatening to strike if the government refuses to allow a general vote on the austerity measures. the protests appeared peaceful. no reports of any violence thankfully. >>> tonight's spacex launch will officially turn space into a business. the resupply mission to the international space mission will launch from cape canaveral, florida. spacex successfully demonstrated it could do the job in may when it docked a capsule with the space station. we'll go live to florida later on this hour. ♪ >>> ll, republican voters in port st. lucie, florida, are turning out in big numbers for their candidate, mitt romney. it's his second straight day up and down the critical swing state, and today he pointed again to one of the key differences between his and president obama's plans. listen. >> if he is re-elected, he will install obama care and with it your premiums are going to go up an extra $2,500 above what they already are in current health care plan. my plan is i will finally get control of the excessive costs in health care by r
last night in red cross operated shelters. this may be the worst storm ever to hit new york city. one of the biggest challenges is where the massive subway system is shut down, tunnels and stations are filled with high water. no idea when the trains will be running again. this is a difficult situation. take a look at laguardia airport. the runways are submerged and levels were so high they reached the jet lanes where people usually walk on to the planes. an entire neighborhood is destroyed by fire. at least 80 homes burned to the ground in the new york burro of queens. this is an awful image. people are going through hell right now. tell us about it. >> you know, they really are. about 80 homes, the fire official telling us it could be as many as 110. this is a pile of twisted plastic. the irony? these are sandbags. people expected this area to flood. what they didn't expect was the fire. when one house caught fire, the homes are so close together that the wind just swept that which is about 30 houses that way. the tires completely melted off. just the snapshot of the devastation. we
from atlantic city. it's so difficult to get your mind wrapped around the potential for this storm, and we've been watching it for days and days and days. it's going to be an 80-mile-an-hour storm as it makes its way onshore. it won't move much for 48 hours. if it's raining, it will continue to rain. if it's snowing, it will continue to snow. if it's blowing, around it will everywhere, trees are going to continue to blow down. as the trees blow down, they're not going to be able to put line crews in the way 69 wind to put your lines back up. once your power is out, it's going to be out for a couple days no matter what. >> when it's done, it's done. chad, stick around. chad myers is going to help me out throughout the hour here. we're going to be here obviously until this is over. we may be on the air live here from this vantage point until midnight so chad myers, thank you very much. i want to tell our viewers, chad is not playing around. the officials who have come out not playing around with information. before we go to kill devil hills, i want to say the wires that are coming in
in new york city. this is a glimpse of the situation, utility companies are dealing with right now, up and down the eastern seaboard, the northeast particularly, from virginia to d.c. to maine. nearly 3 million people in new york, new jersey alone have lost power. >> the superstorm slammed into the jersey coast just as it made landfall a few hours ago. and sandy has been adding to the death toll. extreme winds and dangerous surge of floodwaters continues right now. police say at least three people have died and two or more of those deaths in mennen township, 30 miles west of new york city. governor chris christie of new jersey, over and over reported -- repeatedly tried to tell people to get out of that area. >> i'm very disappointed in the fact that some decided to disregard my instruction, my order. i'm concerned it might lead to the loss of life. >> tonight reports of homes flooded under several feet of water and we've seen floodwaters, atlantic city where ali velshi was all night. several rescues under way, including people stranded in their cars, trying to get away from all of thi
stories and another major new york city hospital, our own dr. sanjay gupta standing by with the very latest. the drama continues throughout new york and new jersey. rescuers right now going house to house. they are still freeing people who've been trapped for nearly two days. and very soon now we'll be bringing you in new video of president obama's dramatic helicopter tour of the devastation along the jersey shore. with the new jersey republican governor chris christie right at his side. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> there have been many, many major new developments all throughout the day. we want to bring you the latest developments right now. and we're going to begin with the big picture. the storm that started as hurricane sandy now being blamed for a total of 118 deaths. 68 of them in the caribbean and now 50 of them in the united states. the state with the highest death toll, new york state. 26 people in new york state have died. new york city struggling to try to get back to normal. as you see here, subway stations in lower manhattan, they are still tota
to ocean city, maryland. that's where we find our sandra endo there braving the heavy wind already. >> just like george said, fredricka, we've been feeling a steady wind, about 25 miles an hour here in ocean city. we just came off high tide. check out the waves here. a very rough surf. if anything, ocean city is not experiencing their peak touring season right now, so that may be the only silver lining of this whole storm, but they're certainly bracing for the worst. the mayor here ordering a mandatory evacuation downtown ocean city as well as voluntary evacuation for low-lying areas. also, non-residents are also being forced away from ocean city right now as they're preparing for this storm, and we watched a lot of local residents board up their businesses, board up their homes because the threat of this storm is the high tide which is about to hit in about five hours. the effects of this storm, again, a lingering, long duration of rain and wind, plus the high tide cycles. that's a combination for disaster. fredricka? >> thank you so much, sandra endo. hang on to that hat, the wind kicking
cities as well as mid-atlantic. let's focus on new york where already subway and commuter train service has been suspended for tonight. there are mandatory evacuation orders of low-lying areas. evacuation centers are going to be open in 72 public schools. you'll have to check your listings locally and port authority says train stations will be closing at midnight, and public schools in new york city will be closed tomorrow. let's move on to now the state of new jersey where a state of emergency has already been declar declared. mandatory evacuations in parts of the state are already under way, and many of the tolls are suspended in the garden state area so that people are able to safely and slowly evacuate. buses are being sent to atlantic city and other low-lying areas to help out in the evacuation. and now we move even further south to the state of maryland where that, too, that state has been declared a state of emergency. voluntary evacuations are already under way in low-lying areas and mandatory evacuations taking place on the coast there in ocean city. and in d.c., public schools
before daylight. sun-up is not until 7:24 in new york city. that's when we will get a few scope of what's been happening here on the ground with the flooding as far as not only in battery park but, of course, also in the subways. here's baltimore and washington getting in on heavy rain bands. these yellow bands can contain tropical storm wind gusts, 45 to 50 miles an hour. the other side of the story is the snow that is going to continue to fall. this entire snowstorm and event is not going to be done until wednesday. we'll be dealing with some kind of flooding, some wind damage, river flooding is going to continue and all of this is going to be pushing to the west. we are done with wind gusts, almost category 2 at eatons neck. we won't see that. we're seeing some better news. we are seeing good news. we have high wind warnings continue, gusts up to 60. and also oon some lake-enhanced snow. that's what we're talking about off great lakes as well. that's how cold the air is. cold enough for snow, 16 inches already in snowshoe, west virginia. thank you, they're saying there, because that
at the cnn special coverage of sandy, a superstorm being called unprecedented. i'm live in new york city. just over my should, the collapsed crane you see it there hanging over 57th street. we'll get to that in a moment. first, across the mid-atlantic, state and local emergency teams are rushing to save people and to save their homes. sandy is living up to the warnings it would bring devastation never before seen in this region. a white capped rush of water took over the streets of ocean city, new jersey, after hurricane sandy made landfall at 8:00 last night. the governor is calling the damage there unprecedented. so far 29 people have died here in the united states. 29. and dozens of survivors today feared what would happen if rescuers had not shown up in time. >> we tried to stop it. we put towels down, we had the sandbags down. it was rushing in. it was rushing in from the windows, the doorways, everywhere. >> we lost everything. i came all the way from the top of the house. >> where were you at that time? >> downstairs trying to save them and i couldn't do anything about it. just ke
trying to come into this -- into this city. and also ultimately trying to leave. new york's smaller airports, laguardia airport, which mainly serves domestic destinations, that remains closed due to flooding. newark liberty international airport reopens for limited service at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow. both good signs of life. a sign of life returning to normal but only beginning. small signs. 18 new yorkers we know have now lost their lives in this storm. 15 elsewhere. nearly 7 million are without power tonight, including about 750,000 here in new york. amazingly, no one died in the building you see behind me here. the entire facade of this building behind me collapsed. we're in a neighborhood called chelsea, really on the border of chelsea and greenwich village. but the picture says a lot. take a look at that. the entire facade of the building, which was being used frankly as an illegal hotel, mostly for overseas visitors, the entire facade is gone. the four rooms tell the story of this storm in minute chur. thankfully, we understand, nobody was killed in there. it could have been much w
across the city has been paralyzed. the subway system could be shut down for days, to the carolinas, new england and beyond, cnn is covering the aftermath of this storm and taking a look at where it's going next like no other network can. it is tuesday, october 30th. special coverage of superstorm sandy begins right now. >>> welcome back, everybody. lots to update you on this morning early before the sun comes up, lots of damage to talk about from last night. the walloping that new york's gotten from superstorm sandy. let's talk about the fires that are burning in breezy point queens. two dozen homes are actively on fire. 200 firefighters are on location there. they are trying to battle the fire. the fire started from downed power lines. you're looking at some of the latest pictures coming in to us this morning. downed power liens started this fire. the big problem for the firefighters, a lack of water appreciate your. 50 homes have burned to the ground. two dozen more are in the process of burning. we are following the story for you as the day continues. we'll have more information on t
of incredible devastation in sandy's aftermath. here in new york city, a truly heartbreaking scene. a fierce and violent fire wiped out rows and rows of homes. the threat that remains. people trapped in their homes, waiting and hoping someone will come. and right now that crane dangling over the manhattan skyline, threatening to crash down. >>> the other side of the storm. a blizzard. we take you where an incredible amount of snow is causing huge problems tonight. let's go "outfront." >>> i'm erin burnett. i want to welcome our viewers around the world tonight. "outfront" tonight, the wrath of sand ooec sandy. devastation as far as the eye can see and the death toll still rising. 33 people in 8 states have lost their lives. over 6 million people in the northeast and mid-atlantic are without power. and the estimated cost of the storm is truly stunning. right now this say very preliminary estimate, it will go higher, it could be as high as $20 billion and only for lost business and property damage. to give you a sense of the storm's power, we want to show you this video. that is a tree being u
out front starts right stories of devastation. here in noirk city, a truly heart breaking scene. a fierce and violent fire that wiped out homes. people still trapped in their homes. waiting and hoping someone will come. and right now, that crane is threatening to crash down. and on the other side of the storm, a blizzard. we will take you where an incredible storm is causing problems. i want to welcome our viewers, the wrath of sandy. devastation as far as the eye can see and death toll is rising. 33 deaths across the country. many are without power tonight and the estimated cost of this storm is you truly stunning. right now, this is a very preliminary estimate, it's going to go higher. it could be as high as $20 billion and that is for lost business and property damage. to give you a sense of the storm's power. we wanted to show you this video. it's a tree being up rooted. these images are a testament of what officials are calling one of the most powerful storms in history. >> make no mistake about it, it was a devastating storm. maybe the worst that we have experienced. the l
to sandra endo now in ocean city. she's about 200 miles north of where george is. what are you seeing there as you talk to me and chad myers? >> reporter: well, don and chad, we have been feeling the effects of hurricane sandy already here in ocean city all day long now. steady winds up to 27 miles per hour. steady rain just pelting down all day long. and we are here on the balcony of an oceanside hotel to give you perspective of what you're seeing. we are close to high tide and you can see the fierce waves behind me here along the shore. and this is really what local officials are worried about. the high tide and the combination of this long duration of the storm that they are expecting. they are expecting about 36 hours for hurricane sandy to really come through this area and just to show you over here as well, they have evacuated this entire area of downtown ocean city. and that evacuation deadline is fast approaching. we have seen people flee town all day long. and they have opened up local shelters in this county where we are hearing about 40 people resorted to shelters already.
and speak to those local officials about their rescue efforts, we also have the mayor of new york city, this is a multistate emergency and the mayor of new york city, michael bloomberg, is getting ready for a live news conference to update this city as well. he has a number of his staff behind him and a lot of different moving parts for the crisis. notwithstanding a terrible fire and flooding. let's listen. >> thank you. we're joined by senator chuck schumer and council speaker christine quinn and we're here to update you on hurricane sandy which has now officially left the new york city area, but i think it's fair to say that the path of destruction that she left in her wake is going to be felt for quite some time. make no mistake about it, this was a devastating storm, maybe the worst that we have ever experienced. our first responders have been doing a heroic job protecting our city and saving lives and they are still fighting fires and conducting life-saving search and rescue missions, and we owe them an enormous debt of gratitude. the storm bought something like 23 serious fires t
this i-report of the flooding in that town. parts of that city are still under water right now. and as you can see from this next picture, which was just sent to us by one of the senators from new jersey, bob menendez, it's just pretty incredible. and you see the water and the flooding. and it hasn't receded like it did in some places. in queens, new york, a storm-related fire burned through an entire neighborhood, destroying 80 homes. and today i went out there. we drove to see the destruction for ourselves, and we saw emergency vehicles everywhere. and i'm not talking, everyone, just about fire trucks and a few ambulances. at one point on the way to breezy point, new york, which is where this happened, we passed a convoy of 19 ambulances. 19 ambulances. all heading in to help that tight knit community, which was hit with flooding and then fire. deb feyerick is still out there tonight. and deb, i know it is a chaotic scene. thank you tell us what's happening right now? >> reporter: yeah, well, you know what's interesting? think about it, erin. 24 hours ago, that's the point wh
police say 22 were killed in the city alone. check out this video from an nypd helicopter. across the region, thousands of people had to be rescued from their flooded homes. many were chased to their rooftops to escape the rising waters. today, as national guard troops roll into overwhelmed towns and villages, normalcy seems so far out of reach. more than 6 million homes and businesses still without power. and many will be shivering bus they don't have heat either for days and days to come. we have a lot to cover this morning. let's begin by narrowing our focus. first stop, new jersey. some of the most jaw-dropping images are coming in from the jersey shore. the resort area that has entertained vacationing americans for generations, one iconic landmark, the atlantic city boardwalk, lost a big chunk due to crashing waves. governor chris christie says the damage to the state's beaches is, quote, overwhelming. today, governor christie will tour the devastation with president obama. the republican governor who has campaigned steadily for mitt romney raised eyebrows by praising the pre
's a scaffold around an art project. new york city is full of scaffolding like that. things that we are watching today. want to head it over now to "cnn newsroom." newsroom." they're up next. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good morning to you. i sure hope you're keeping dry somewhere. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for being with us. we begin this morning with hurricane sandy, within hours expected to explode into this superstorm. most of us have never season anything like it in our lifetime. already huge, tropical storm force winds spanning a width of nearly 1,000 mimes. it's aiming at the heart of the east coast, the most heavily populated corridor in the country. 50 million people are expected to feel the effects. hundreds of thousands are now under evacuation orders. fema predicts damage costs of about $3 billion just for wind damage alone. heavy rains or snow, storm surges, widespread flooding across the region depending upon where you live. we're also following a drama unfolding out to sea. a rescue is under way for the crew of the hms bounty, the ship built for the holly
to rain havoc on the east coast. certainly happened here in new york city. today there are rescues under way. thousands of people in danger, potentially, in three towns in bergen county, new jersey, after a levee break there. right now an enormous fire is burning in the queens section of new york. 50 homes have destroyed. a transformer explosion to tell you about. ripped through the night as people described a powerful explosion, very loud. look at those pictures. update you on what happened at that con ed plant. 260 patients including babies from the nicu evacuated from a major hospital in new york city. historic record-breaking flooding consuming manhattan and parts of the northeast, as well. homes are under water and more than 6 million people are in the dark this morning. transportation is at a standstill. could be days before things get back to normal. cnn is covering the aftermath of the storm, and superstorm sandy's next path, like no other network can. it is tuesday, october 30th, and special coverage begins right here on "starting point." >>> lots to get to this morning. let's s
at right now, atlantic city, they're all under a mandatory evacuation order. it's why classes are canceled for more than 2 million schoolchildren. it's why more than 10 million commuters in new york, philadelphia and washington have no bus service, have no subway service today. and thousands of airline flights, almost 10,000, in fact, into and out of the northeast corridor are canceled. if you need to drive anywhere in connecticut today, you better hurry up because the governor of connecticut has just announced he's shutting down the highways at 1:00 eastern. and that is just two hours from now. here where i am in new york and where we begin our mega coverage, my colleague, john berman is down in battery park city, which pretty well can be expected to get battered as the namesake is. sandy is turning towards the shore and picking up speed. give me a bit of a read from your location. >> reporter: it's really been an interesting place to be all morning. about two hours ago, i was standing in 8 inches of water right here. it was up past my ankles. what happened was after high tide here in mor
says the city subway system is facing the biggest disaster in its history, including flooded tunnels and power outages. a short time ago, we heard from new york mayor michael bloomberg. >> make mo no mistake, this is a d devastating storm, first ever experienced. first responders heroic job. they are conduct life saving search and rescue missions and we owe them an enormous debt and gratitude. >> new jersey, a natural berm, levee, near the town as given way, on the new jersey side next to teeterboro airport and several nearby communities including little ferry under water. >> we've dispatched state and federally supported teams to assist in rescues and providing shelters to those in need. >> maggie lake has made her way there, at a shelter. talk about what you have seen. you've just arrived. how big is this facing that the the most coordinated not only bergen county officials, but the national guard, state police. people pouring in all morning being rescued from the area. i want to turn to a relative waiting for some of his people, family, trapped in that area, he didn't live there b
the east coast. here's hoboken, new jersey, still flooded by sandy and new york city, a city divided between light and dark. no one can answer the big question, when will all the new york lights come back on. let's take a look at this. new video of super storm sandy on the tip of lower manhattan. just shows you how extensive the damage is and why the entire subway system remains closed tonight, more than 24 hours after sandy blasted ashore. we'll have the latest on the fate of the subway and when it may be up and running in a few moments. plus this dramatic video, up to ten feet of the water in the nyu langone medical center. nurses carried sick newborn babies down nine flights of stairs while manually pumping air into their lungs. extraordinary. i will talk to the doctor who managed the evacuation. meanwhile, search and rescue missions have been going on all day long. president obama will travel to new jersey tomorrow to view the damage along with governor chris christie. a governor who surprised many people today when he called the president, and i quote, outstanding and incredibly
's hoboken, new jersey, still flooded by sandy in new york city. a city divided tonight between light and dark. no one can answer the big question, when will all the new york lights come back on? take a look at this. new video of what superstorm sandy did to southberry station at the tip of lower manhattan. it shows you just how extensive the damage is and why the entire subway system remains closed tonight, more than 24 hours after sandy blast add shore. we'll have the latest on the state of the subway and when it may be up and running again in a few moments. plus this dramatic video. up to ten feet of water. part of the basement of nyu langer medical center. nurses actually carried sick newborn babies down nine flights of stairs while manually pumping air into their lungs. quite extraordinary. i'll talk to a doctor iflgd in the evacuation. meanwhile, in new jersey, the state hit hardest by sandy, search and rescue missions have gone on all day long. president obama will travel there tomorrow to vut damage along with new jersey governor chris christie. the governor surprised many peo
city struggling to recover. hundreds of thousands are still without power and a flooded subway system remains shut down. >>> more than 80 homes in that tight-knit neighborhood in queens in new york burned to the ground during the storm. amazingly, just three minor injuries there. >>> and president obama gets the firsthand look at the destruction today as he comes to new jersey. >>> the human toll from sandy, 33 people killed in the u.s., 6.5 million customers remain without power. the total cost of property damage and lost busiest mated betwe business is estimated at $10 to $20 billion. and that could be on the low end. good morning, i'm john berman. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. we have a field of reporters covering the aftermath of sandy from every angle. rob marciano in new york city. dan lothian and paul steinhouser standing by in washington, d.c. and richard quest is also out there for us. >> with 1/3 of the people in new york city, 2 million people here without power. transportation is at a virtual standstill at a few time where few people have cars, not to mention the property and d
it was about 205 miles southeast of atlantic city, new jersey. massive storm could affect 60 million people. we are talking from virginia to massachusetts. forkers to expect sandy to combine and cause a cold front that will cause massive power outages, and snowstorms and flooding. mountain areas of the state could get two feet of snow, so already starting to fall, and fema, federal emergency management agency, says the storm damage from wind alone could reach $3 billion. we're also going to be hearing from the president about 45 minutes or so from the white house. he is going to be making a statement, updating the conditions of what the federal government is doing to tackle this horrific storm. forecasters expect that sandy will make landfall as early as tonight. the eye of the storm appears headed for jersey shore. the delmarva peninsula. it's an area that includes delaware, parts of maryland and urban search and rescue teams already standing by in maryland, waiting for deployment orders from fema. coastal maryland getting ready, already pounded by a strong waves, high surf. martin o'malley is
limited service resumes tomorrow, a major development for anybody trying to come into this city, and also ultimately trying to leave. new york's laguardia, which mains serves domestic destinations remains closed due to flooding. newark liberty international airport reopens at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow for limited service. good signs of life. a sign of life, returning to normal, but only beginning. small signs, 18 new yorkers we know have now lost their lives in this storm. 15 elsewhere. nearly 7 million are without power tonight, including about 750,000 here in new york city. the entire facade of this building behind me collapsed. between chelsea and greenwich village. the picture says a lot. take a look at that the entire facade of the building, being used frankly as an illegal hotel, mostly for overseas visitors, the entire facade is gone. the four rooms tell the story of this dorm in miniature. thankfully wean nobody was killed in there, it could have been much worse. uptown, about 2 miles north of where i'm standing right now, in chelsea, a dangling crane. another story entirely. a dagger po
the more apparent. you are looking at point pleasant beach halfway between new york and atlantic city on the new jersey shore. president obama visiting these scenes this afternoon. the final day in full-on disaster mode before he gets back to the campaign tomorrow. a little global perspective for you right now, though. the scope and the magnitude of hurricane sandy from the satellite image courtesy of nasa. atlantic city is a sitting duck in the middle of the path. the jersey shore easy prey for those ruthless winds. the powerful surges and the relentless force of the images that you are seeing now. and now, this. parts of atlantic city simply decimated as sandy made landfall near the shores and in a few hours president obama gets an up close and personal look at all of the images you are seeing on your screen. he's heading to new jersey to tour the state with governor chris christie later on this afternoon. while the republican governor may be one of the most prominent backers and surrogates of governor mitt romney, governor christie is vocal and public with the praise of president o
. >>> documentary filmmaker ken byrnes is defying a subpoena issued by the city of new york over his latest film "central park 5." it's a move mee about the five men exonerated in the 1989 central park jogger rain case. they want his outtakes, but burns wants the investigators to prove they need them. susan candiotti has more. >> this documentary, the latest project of ken burns, whose daughter is co-director, telling the story of five black and latino teenagers. they were convicted of raining and brutally beelting a white female jogger in new york's central park in 1989. >> it was a huge media story. there was a lot of coverage, but everything got it wrong at that time. >> the five teenagers confessed to the crime after what they said was an unfair interrogation. they were charged even though none was a match for a dna sample found at the scene. turns out it belonged to this man. >> he commits at least five more ra rapes that we know of after. >> the serial rapist did not confess until after the five teens served sentences ranging for 7 to 11 years. a judge threw out the convictions. >> the ver
, that massive fire that burned 80 homes to the ground. when sandy hit new york city. cnn crew on the scene is reporting to us a strong smell of methane gas. a utility pole spontaneously burst into flames earlier this morning. officials are now assessing whether the gas levels there are excessively high in this neighborhood, and that could force those fire crews to evacuate. right now, 6.6 million people still without electricity across 15 states, and washington, d.c. nearly 2 million of them are here in new york where flooded subways has transportation at a virtual standstill. not to mention all the property damage and destruction, including those 80 homes that were consumed by that fire in queens. recovery from superstorm sandy could be as mayor michael bloomberg is calling it, a massive, a mammoth job. meteorologist rob marciano is in chelsea, new york, this morning with the latest on the damage there. rob, good morning. >> good morning, soledad. well, some of the damage behind me, one of a few buildings that were ripped off. nobody hurt miraculously. lower manhattan is still in the dark
of disaster. how much can one city take? unbelievable flooding, millions of people with no power, and now this fire. 80 homes burned up in this neighborhood in queens, new york. we are live there in just a few minutes. there's people down in the jersey shore. here's what they are dealing with as well. the storm called sandy ravaging the entire coastline. the g's office says at least six people with now dead in the aftermath. in long branch and pleasant beach and seaside heights, nobody has electricity. the storm knocked over trees, ripped out electric lines, and today more than two million people just in new jersey are without power. rail service, path trains that run up and down the coastline, forget about that. buses too all suspended. transit officials say it's going to be days, probably weeks before any type of commuter train service starts again between new jersey and new york city. now, look at our team of reporters that we've got them everywhere. cnn is all over the storm-damaged area. we are covering this disaster like no other network can and live coverage of and storm sandy. >>>
. i'm live in new york city from a balcony of the time warner center. just over my should, the chanced crane still dangling over 57th street, the entire area still blocked off. the storm claimed least 50 lives in the u.s. and one in canada. a woman who was hit by storm-tossed debris, damage is expected to run into tens of billions of dollars. and today, a new challenge, looters breaking into businesses. >> people coming out with all kinds of stuff, everything. whatever you can think of, from juice and sodas, waters, cigarettes, tvs, anything you can think of, they were getting it. >> 9,000 people spent the night in red cross shelters spread across 13 states. national guard troops arrived overnight and are rescuing families trapped by floodwaters in hoboken, new jersey. we learned today that the navy is sending three amphibious landing ships to the coast of new york and new jersey in case they're needed. president obama stopped by fema headquarters in washington before heading to new jersey to join governor chris christie to tour the damage caused by sandy. we're going to get to that in
with its aftermath. breaking news tonight, 18 people have now lost their lives here in new york city alone. that is directly from new york's mayor, mike bloomberg, who spoke just a short time ago. there are rescues under way right now as well. we will bring you one of them shortly. if you are in an area on the eastern seaboard and you have power and you know somebody who does not have power, try to listen closely to the information we are going to give you in this hour and pass along that information to someone who does not have power. if you have power tonight and a roof and home, consider yourself very lucky. there are many people right now in this city and elsewhere along the eastern seaboard who do not. i want to show you the scene where i'm standing in the chelsea neighborhood in new york city. no one died in the building over there, the building behind me here on the border between chelsea and greenwich village but the picture says a lot. the entire facade of this apartment building ripped off, fell last night. those four rooms tell the story in miniature. this is actually an illegal
like i have never experienced in my life in new york city. it's something that has been missing on the streets of new york during the storm. they were empty, but today with public transportation shut down, and the crane disruption, commuters sat for hours and hours and hours in bumper-to-bumper traffic. we ran into a lot of trouble ourselves as we tried to get to hoboken. it took us a half hour to move two blocks and another two plus hours to get to hoboken which is five miles away. hopefully this will make the commute easier for some, tomorrow parts of the new york city subway will reopen which is miraculous because the pictures you're seeing, that's still the case in some parts of the system but they've managed to open other parts. it's an incredible testament to new york. still to come, coming to the rescue, i spent the day with the national guard in hoboken, new jersey, going door to door helping people from their homes and governor cuomo of new york visited what's left of a queens neighborhood torched by a massive fire. residents tried to come home for the first time and fo
near the city of brook 2350e brookfield. police say the shooting is possibly related to a domestic dispute. the victims suffered nonlife-threatening injuries and we're expecting a news skon fence underway near milwaukee soon. joining us now is hln law enforcement analyst mike brooks, mike, we know this is still considered an active investigation, the suspect is still on the loose. >> the last time we spoke, i thought the law enforcement, this is who it was. this is the subject that we thought was involved in this from the beginning. they are still at the scene, they have expanded the perimeter around this salon and spa, they just down the brookfield mall, which is a large mall, they shut that down from the very beginning, did not allow ning to leave. anyone who was coming in, they shut that down. they increased the perimeter just out of an abundance of caution. they don't believe he's still there, they know his tag number, they know where he lives. i haven't been able to confirm it, but as a former investigator, if i know where he lives, i'm going to be over there or preparing a se
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